Eniko Kubinyi

Senior Researcher, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University
Pázmány Péter sétány 1/c (6.310), Budapest, 1117-Hungary


Enikő Kubinyi is a senior research fellow at the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) and the PI of the Senior Family Dog Project, supported by an ERC Starting Grant. She holds a PhD in ethology, and degrees in biology, video communication, and biology teaching. Her research group explores the cognitive ageing of family dogs using an interdisciplinary approach with behavioural, neuroscientific, and genetic testing methods and established a unique, donation-based Dog Brain and Tissue Bank. She has published 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals, with more than 4700 citations (GS), about canine social learning, dogs’ and wolves’ comparative cognition, ethorobotics, personality, and behavioural genetics.

Kubinyi has joined the Family Dog Research Project (Budapest, Hungary) to study the behavioural and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship as an undergraduate student. She has also participated in research projects at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, at the University of Sussex, England, at the MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, and the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group.  Her current group explores the cognitive ageing of family dogs in a complex way, using an interdisciplinary approach with behavioural, neuroscientific, and genetic testing methods. The results are expected to provide guidelines for a healthy lifestyle toward successful ageing, and to aid our understanding of the biological background human cognitive ageing. They have also established a unique, donation-based Dog Brain and Tissue bank. She has also studied dogs’ and wolves’ comparative cognition, ethorobotics, personality, and behavioural genetics.

Kubinyi has received several grants (e.g. Eötvös Scholarship of the Hungarian Scholarship Board, Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) and awards (L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science 2018; Junior Prima in Hungarian Science 2009; and APA Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award 2004 are the most renowned among them). She is a fellow of the Young Academy of Europe since 2017 and a founding member of the Young Academy of Hungary.

Kubinyi lectures in ethology and the evolution of canines, animal personality, and behaviour genetics. She has two science blogs for the general public in Hungarian about the behaviour of canines and other animals, she is the admin of six science-related social media pages, and is a regular guest in the media. She is married and has three children.

Keywords, research interest: animal behaviour, ethology, ethorobotics, comparative cognition, cognitive ageing, behaviour genetics, animal personality, tissue bank, welfare, dog, wolf


  • Family name, First name: Kubinyi, Eniko
  • Affiliation: Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Pázmány P. sétány 1/c, 1117, Budapest, Hungary
  • Contact: eniko.kubinyi@ttk.elte.hu, +36 1 3812179
  • Date of birth: 01 Aug. 1976
  • Career breaks: 3 children born 2004 (twins) and 2011 (equalling to 4.5 years career break)
  • Nationality: Hungarian



  • 2016- Senior Research Fellow, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • 2015-2016 Lecturer, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • 2012-2016 Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, Hungary
  • 2013 Research Fellow, MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, Hungary
  • 2008-2012 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, Hungary (LIREC, EU FP7)
  • 2005-2008 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary (Hungarian Research Fund PD)
  • 2004-2005 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary (Ministry of Education PD)
  • 2003 Research Assistant, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • 2003 Manager, Ecofilm (later Filmjungle) Society
  • 2001 Internship as a PhD student, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, France


  • 2004 PhD in Ethology: Interspecific social learning in dogs, Dept. of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, Supervisor: Vilmos Csányi
  • 2003 Biology teacher, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • 2003 Videocommunication and scientific editing, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • 1999 Biologist, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary


  • 2020 Bolyai János Certificate of Merit (HAS)
  • 2019 Science Communication 1st prize, ELTE ÚNKP
  • 2018-19 ERASMUS+ Teaching mobility, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • 2018-19 Bolyai+ National Excellence (ÚNKP), Ministry of Human Resources
  • 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science
  • 2016 Bolyai János Certificate of Merit (HAS)
  • 2016 Recognition, Juhari Zsuzsanna Award for popular science blogs
  • 2016-2019 Bolyai János Scholarship
  • 2015 The Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Travel Grant (ABS 2015, Anchorage), 2700 USD, PI
  • 2015 Top 50 researchers (based on the total number of citations) of the Eötvös Loránd University (only 3 women are on the list)
  • 2010-11/13-15 Bolyai János Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006 SALVE Foundation Scholarship, Hungary
  • 2009 Junior Prima Award for Science
  • 2004 Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award (best first-authored paper in Journal of Comparative Psychology in 2003)
  • 2002 1st prize at Hungarian PhD Students Conference, Szent István University, Hungary
  • 2002 Travel grant to a conference, Germany, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 Volkswagen Foundation Scholarship (Würzburg Summer School), Germany
  • 2000 Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Scholarship
  • 1999 Hungarian Republic Scholarship
  • 1998 Hungarian Republic Scholarship
  • 1998 2nd prize at the Biology Student Competition, Eötvös Loránd University
  • 1995 Recognition, IV. Youth Innovation and Science Competition


2004– Supervision of 9 postdoctoral fellows, 7 PhD students (3 defended: in 2015, 2019, 2020, ELTE), 11 MSc and 5 BSc students (all completed, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University; University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, University of Debrecen, Babes-Bolyai University), 9 national scientific student competition projects (8 prize-winning), 26 internships (students from NL, N, S, F, I, M, USA, G, P, AR, CZ, resulted in research reports and MSc theses).


  • 2016 –             PhD courses (100%) – Animal Personality, Behavioural Genetics (ELTE)
  • 2006 –            BSc/MSc courses (10-25%) – Evolution and Behaviour of Canines, Ethology Practicum (ELTE)
  • 2011 – 2013   Dog Behavioural Therapy: Organising 7 seminars for veterinarians and dog trainers and lectures on shelter dogs, dominance, modern methods in behavioural therapy (ELTE)
  • 2008 – 2015  BSc/MSc courses (10-50%) – Behavioural Plasticity, Cognitive Ethology, Integrative Methods in Ethology (ELTE)
  • 2007 – 2008  Human Ethology for psychology assistants (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


  • 2018               Canine Science Forum, Advisory Board, Chair, 200 int. participants, 3-6 July (ELTE)
  • 2015-2016    Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project, Main Organizer, 35.000 online followers (ELTE)
  • 2014-ongoing            Canine Behaviour Conference (in Hu), yearly event, Main Organizer, 300 participants, 1000+ online (ELTE)
  • 2008              Canine Science Forum, member of Local Organising Committee, 200 int. participants, 5-9 July (ELTE)


  • 2016 –              Principal Investigator and group leader of Senior Family Dog Project (ELTE)
  • 2016 –             Member of Ethology Doctoral Program Committee (ELTE)


  • 2020            FWF
  • 2018-2019    Guest Editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience
  • 2017               Junior Ethologist Award, Hungarian Ethology Society
  • 2015 –           Review Board, National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest
  • 2012              European Research Council
  • 2008 –          PhD Examination: External Reviewer for 5 PhD theses, Internal Reviewer for 2 PhD theses. Member of PhD Committee for 9 PhD defense since 2008.
  • 2009 –          Journal reviewer: e.g., Animal Cognition, Animals, Biology Letters, Current Biology, Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, Interaction Studies, Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, BMC Genetics, Journal of Animal Science


  • 2019 –           Founding Member, Young Academy of Hungary
  • 2017 –           Member, Young Academy of Europe
  • 2017 –           UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) LINK Person
  • 2015 – 2017 Member, Animal Behavior Society
  • 1996 –           Member, Admin of social media page, Hungarian Ethology Society


Currently: Dept. of Biological Physics, Genetics, Microbiology (ELTE, HU), University of Kaposvár (HU), University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (A), Charles University (CZ), Stockholm University, KTH (S), University of Washington, NIH Bethesda, Princeton University (USA).

Past (resulted joint publications): Semmelweis University, ELTE PPK, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, SONY CSL, University of Iceland, Kalamazoo College, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, AEC Anthrozoology Education and Canines, University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, Catholic University College Ghent, University of Pécs, Texas University, Columbia University


  • 2021-2026 MTA Lendület/Momentum, 200M HUF
  • 2021-2026 NKFIH Élvonal/Forefront, 300M HUF (declined)
  • 2020-2022 PetSavers Grant, 43,330 Euro, consultant
  • 2017 Gut microbiome-cognition correlations, L, PI
  • 2016-2021 European Research Council Starting Grant (EVOLOR-680040), 1,202,500 Euro, PI
  • 2015-2017 Comparative investigation of the social-cognitive mechanisms in dogs and humans. Hungarian Research Fund (K112138), postdoc researcher, 25,590,000 HUF, CI
  • 2011-2016 Genetic effects on the behaviour of the domestic dog, Hungarian Research Fund (K84036), 11,846,000 HUF, PI
  • 2008-2013 Living with robots and interactive companions, EU FP7 (215554), 8,200,000 Euro, CI (635,000 for the institution)
  • 2005-2009 Conspecific and heterospecific social learning in dogs, Hungarian Research Fund (K49615), 8,190,000 HUF, CI
  • 2005-2008 Personality-gene associations in dogs; Hungarian Research Fund (PD48495), 16,765,000 HUF, CI
  • 2004-2007 Comparative investigation of social learning types, Ministry of Education, Hungary, 15,000,000 HUF, CI
  • 2003-2006 Dog as a model of human personality; Hungarian Research Fund (43763), 6,016,000 HUF, CI
  • 2001 MÖB Eötvös Scholarship (3 months, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, France


My research was covered in the national and international media (e.g. The Times, New York Times, NBC News, Reuters, International Science Time, Science Daily, New Scientist, Daily Mail, ScienceShot, Discovery News , Science 2.0, The Australian). I published more than 500 articles in popular science magazines since 1997, maintain 2 science blogs (1,2), 3 webpages, 5 facebook sites, 2 groups, 2 twitter pages and can reach ~35k people via these channels. I yearly organise a conference for canine science dissemination, with 200-300 participants, the online outreach is 40-250k people/event.


2018 Universität Bern, 5-6 April; 2017 Charles University, Prague, 14 Nov; 2017 ERC – a Success Story for Europe” pre-conference workshop, 3 Sept, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; 2016 Comparative Canine Behavior Symposium of the Animal Behavior Society, University of Missouri, USA, 30 Jul-3 Aug; 2015 Canine Behaviour Genetics, London, UK, 26-28 Jun; 2009 XXXI. International Ethological Conference, Rennes, August 19-24; 2008 3rd European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Dijon, France, 18-20 Jul.